Degree Requirements - Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion - BM Instrumental Music Studies

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Degree Requirements

Brass, Woodwind, Percussion

BM • Instrumental Music Studies


The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Studies degree leads to all-level music teacher certification in public schools. In addition to extensive training in music teaching and learning, students take lessons in their primary instrument, participate in ensembles and receive comprehensive instruction in music theory and music history. Music Studies majors also complete the university’s core curriculum


Administrative Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Academic Advisor for Music

Assistant Director for Admissions

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Brass, Woodwind & Percussion Faculty

Music & Human Learning Faculty 

  • Laura Bock

    Teaching Assistant in Music and Human Learning
    String Project Teacher
  • Margaret Lynch Brown

    Assistant Instructor in Class Piano
  • Suzanne Charney

    Teaching Assistant in Music & Human Learning
  • Robert A. Duke

    Director, Center for Human Learning
  • Judith Jellison

    Professor Emeritus of Music and Human Learning
    Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
  • Hunter C. March

    Professor Emeritus of Music and Human Learning
  • Jennifer McKeeman

    Assistant Instructor in Music and Human Learning
  • Suzanne Pence

    Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning, Choral Conducting
  • David Saccardi

    Teaching Assistant in Music & Human Learning, String Project
  • Laurie Scott

    Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning
    Director, The University of Texas String Project
    Director, Musical Lives
  • Amy Simmons

    Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning
  • Justin J. West

    Assistant Professor of Music and Human Learning
  • Marjorie Yankeelov

    Lecturer in Music and Human Learning



Degree Requirements 

Degree guidelines provide you with a list of all the courses that are required to earn a specific degree. Four-year plans are sample road maps of how you can plan your academic schedule in order to graduate on time. You can use these tools to decide on a major, compare the differences in degrees, and to make informed decisions in choosing which courses to take each semester. 

Select the appropriate catalog year to view requirements for your major. 

Degree Guidelines & Four Year Plans
Degree Guidelines Four Year Plans
2022-2024 2022-2024
2020-2022  2020-2022 
2018-2020  2018-2020 
2016-2018  2016-2018 



Students in a Music Studies degree are required to do a Community Recital, in which the student arranges for a space off-campus independently. The recital must be at least 30 minutes in length. To schedule a Community Recital, please contact Prof. Amy Simmons for paperwork. 

Alternatively, Music Studies students may apply to perform a Recognition in Music Performance Recital, provided they are enrolled in principal instrument course 260. This petition may be submitted during any semester in which the student is enrolled in principal instrument course 260. Students will then perform a Full Division Faculty Jury (FDFJ). After successfully passing the FDFJ, the student must present a recognition recital during the following academic year. The student may also enroll in Music 420R rather than principal instrument course 260 for the semester in which the Recognition Recital is to be given. 

Find recital scheduling procedures for the Recognition in Music Performance Recital on the Butler School Operations website. 


Bachelor of Music in Music Studies students must perform a 10-minute jury each spring semester enrolled in applied lessons (210 b/d and 260b). The jury is waived for any students that elect to perform a Recognition in Music Performance Recital while enrolled in 260b. All juries must include at least one selection with a collaborative pianist.  

Some instructors may require students to announce their selections and/or talk about the music as part of the jury. 

Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.).  No-shows are considered a failure. If a jury is postponed, the student must perform the jury within the first twelve class days of the following semester and pass in order to advance to the next level.  

Jury comments from faculty will be shared with students by the undergraduate advisor. The primary studio teacher assigns a jury grade which is combined with an applied lesson grade to determine the overall semester grade. Each studio professor determines the weight of the jury grade for their own students and clearly indicates this in their respective syllabi. For undergraduate juries, any student held at level by the jury committee may not receive a letter grade greater than a C from their studio instructor. 

Find more information about this semester's juries, including FDFJ forms and deadlines. 




For information about course registration, academic deadlines, adding and dropping courses, applying to graduate and other policies, visit the College of Fine Arts Student Affairs website

Non-music majors should contact their home college’s advising office. Prospective students may contact the Music Admissions Office for assistance. 

Music majors who wish to take a restricted individual instruction course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member has approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted. This form is available at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and summer session registration periods, through the 12th class day (4th class day for summer sessions). 

Music majors who wish to take an independent study course need to complete a Request Form. The request will be reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. If approved, the Academic Advisor for Music will add the independent study course for the student. This form is available every semester. 




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